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2004

Sunday February 15 : Slocan Valley Annual Seed Exchange (10am - 3pm) at the Winlaw Hall in Winlaw, BC  Slide Show:  Noon - 1pm. Traditional agriculture in Nepal. See A Visit to Nepal in Spiral News.

March 6-7 : Introduction to Permaculture Design in Penticton, BC

March 27-28 : Introduction to Permaculture Design in Creston, BC

April 3rd : Introduction to Permaculture Design in Nelson, BC

April 17-18 : Introduction to Permaculture Design in Nanaimo, BC

April 26 - May 8 : Permaculture Design Course in Rougemont, Quebec (in french)

26 Avril - 8 Mai : Cours de Design en Permaculture à Rougemont, Québec

May 15 : Introduction to Permaculture Design in Salmon Arm, BC

May 16 : Organic Gardening Techniques Workshop in Salmon Arm, BC

May 22 : Introduction to Permaculture Design in Golden, BC

May 31st - June 12: Permaculture Design Course in Winlaw, British Columbia

July 11 - 18 : Fundamentals of Permaculture Design in Southern Ontario

24 & 25 Juillet : Une Introduction à la Permaculture à l'ITA de La Pocatière, Québec

August 23 - 27 : International Conference on Ecological Restoration in Victoria, BC

September 11-12: Permaculture Workshop in Powell River, BC

September 18-19:
Urban Permaculture Workshop in Vancouver, BC

September 20-25: Global Ecovillage Network North American Conference, Hollyhock, Cortes Island, BC: www.ecovillage.org/conference

October 14-16: Food Security Assembly 2004: Growing Together, Cultivating Food Security in Canada in Winninpeg, Manitoba: www.foodsecurityassembly.ca.

November 6: Seeds of Diversity Canada's 20th anniversary at the Toronto Botanical Gardens: www.seeds.ca




Permaculture Design Course

(in french)

April 26 - May 8, 2004

in Rougemont, Québec.

Cours de Design en Permaculture

Du 26 Avril au 8 Mai 2004

A Rougemont, Québec

La Permaculture est la conception et le maintien conscient d'écosystèmes agricoles productifs qui possèdent la diversité, la stabilité et l'adaptabilité des écosystèmes naturels. C'est l'intégration harmonieuse du paysage et des habitants pour fournir de façon durable les aliments, l'énergie, l'habitation et les autres besoins matériels necessaires.

Ce cours de 12 jours offre aux participants les principes et techniques de base de permaculture tout en intégrant des exercises pratiques de design.

Le cours présente des sessions sur les sujets suivant:

Les principes et techniques de permaculture
Le sol
Les microclimats
Le jardinage biologique
Les plantes
Les animaux domestiques
Les insectes
L'agroforesterie
La forêt
L'utilisation efficace de l'eau
Les arbres fruitiers et à noix
La propagation des plantes
Le compostage
Les méthodes de design
L'énergie alternative
L'architecture alternative
La permaculture urbaine
L'économie alternative

Instructeur:

Grégoire Lamoureux est le directeur et fondateur de l'Institut de Permaculture des Kootenays. Il pratique, enseigne et est un consultant en permaculture depuis dix ans. Il est membre du Conseil d'Administration du Programme Semencier du Patrimoine Canada. Il est aussi un membre fondateur du Kootenay Organic Growers Society un organisme de certification pour la production biologique en Colombie Britanique. Il a grandit dans la région de Rougemont et habite maintenant en Colombie Britanique.

Quelques formateurs invités :

Edith Smeesters :
Biologiste, auteure et conférencière renommée depuis une vingtaine d'années.

Johanne Fontaine : Herboriste qui partage volontiers son amour et ses connaissances des plantes médicinales en faisant de l'éducation, des consultations et des transformations. 

Stefan Sobkowiak : Il est biologiste et maître en architecture du paysage. Il est aussi permaculteur (pommiers, pépinière et élevages depuis 12 ans), conférencier et enseignant à l'Université McGill. 

Sylvie Gagnon : Horticultrice de formation avec plus de 15 ans d’expérience en permaculture, horticulture et aménagement paysager.

Il y aura d'autres instructeurs qui se joindront pour présenter les différent sujets.

Pour plus d'information veuillez contacter:

L'Institut de Permaculture des Kootenays
S12, C2
RR#1
Winlaw, Colombie Britanique,
Canada
V0G 2J0
spiralfarm@yahoo.com

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Permaculture Design Course

May 31st - June 12, 2004

at the Kootenay Permaculture Institute

in Winlaw, British Columbia

This is the basic permaculture design course covering the principles & techniques of permaculture design. The course includes lectures, discussions, hands-on, slide shows, field trips & design projects. 

This course is presented in cooperation with Selkirk College in Nelson, BC

Topics:

Permaculture principles & techniques
Pattern understanding
Soils
Water
Microclimate
Organic Gardening
Plants
Forest Garden
Fruit & Nut trees
Animals
Plant Propagation
Agroforestry
Forests
Earthworks
Building Design
Alternative Energy
Waste treatment
Tools
Mapping
Urban Permaculture
Alternative economics
& more.

Instructor:

Grégoire Lamoureux:

Gregoire Lamoureux is the director of the Kootenay Permaculture Institute. He is a permaculture designer, consultant and teacher. He has worked with permaculture systems for ten years and taught courses in many parts of the country. He is on the Board of Directors of Seeds of Diversity Canada. He is a founding member of Kootenay Organic Growers Society and was on the Certifying Committee for three years.

Guest Speakers:

Don Gayton:

Don Gayton is an ecologist with a wide background in grassland and dry forest ecosystems.  He obtained his B.Sc. in Agronomy from Washington State University and an M.Sc. in Plant Ecology from the University of Saskatchewan.  Don has travelled and worked extensively in Western North America. He and his family live in Nelson, British Columbia, where he works as an Ecosystem Management Specialist for the Forest Research Extension Partnership (FORREX).

Gayton’s writing includes award-winning books of popular non-fiction (Kokanee, Landscapes of the Interior and The Wheatgrass Mechanism). His recent FORREX technical publications include Ground Work: Basic Concepts in Ecological Restoration, and British Columbia Grasslands: Monitoring Vegetation Change. Gayton has a decade of involvement with fire-maintained ecoystem restoration issues in British Columbia’s southern interior.

Ramona Faust:

Ramona Faust is currently the general manager for the Harrop-Procter Community Forest. The Harrop-Procter Community Forest project includes a non-profit organization, the Harrop-Procter Watershed Protection Society and the Harrop-Procter Community Co-operative.

The co-operative manages two businesses: Harrop-Procter Forest Products based on eco-system based planning for logging in the community forest and the sale of eco-certified lumber and Sunshine Bay Botanicals which produces value-added herbal products from certified organic herbs.

Ramona has held the position of co-ordinator and general manager since 1998. Her work experience includes management in the entertainment industry, silviculture and research with the ministry of forests, working with children with special needs in the public school system, as well as small entrepreneurial ventures. Her training is in horticulture and human services. She has volunteered as a community and environmental activist for 18 years.

Shemmaho: 

"In 1970 I moved to the bush in the interior of Southern British Columbia.  I wanted to homestead and be as self-sufficient as possible.  My husband was a logger and lived in camps, so I spent weeks on end with my goats, dogs, and horse for company.  When we arrived the forest was an undifferentiated blur, and I began the engrossing task of learning the names and characteristics of the plants around me.  My neighbors were very willing to share what they knew about the uses of the herbs in our area, and I started drying herbs for teas along with drying vegetables for winter stews.  I spent many long days in the summer with no human contact, and soon noticed that the plant life around me was asking for my attention.  I entered the privileged realm of interspecies communication, and have been learning to understand messages delivered without language ever since."
     "Having a child brought me into a social context, and we moved into a village where I did carpentry work for cash.  By the end of the eighty’s I had carpel tunnel, sciatica, and fibral myalgia and needed another livelihood.  My knowledge and experience of herbs had continued over the years, so it was a natural thing for me to turn to herbalism as a business.  In 1990 I went to the Alpine Herbal College in Salmon Arm and became a certified herbalist.  I have developed a business based on the local herbs, some which I grow, some I wildcraft.  Along with creating herbal products, I give consultations to help people improve their health, and teach aspects of herbalism to classes and individuals."
 

Shanoon Bennett: 

Shanoon Bennett is an environmental educator and founder of Huckleberry Adventures (since 1989), which is a program  dedicated to instilling appreciation for the wonders found in the wilds of our backyards. This school program has literally warmed the hearts of thousands of youth throughout the Kootenays. This program includes adventure snowshoe treks into local forests and marshes, pond ecology, high alpine hikes, and extensive wild botanical studies. Along with 7 years of park naturalist experience in both Alberta and BC, she has a BSc in Earth Sciences from the University of Calgary as well as extensive wilderness First Aid training for Leaders.

She has a love of children and the great outdoors and her greatest passion is bringing the two together naturally. She is also an avid wildcrafter and loves to share her knowledge and experience of the botanical treasures found from valley bottom to mountain top.

Rabi'a:

Rabi'a has over 20 years of experience homesteading in Northwest BC. She also has 5 years of experience in permaculture design and implementation on 37 acres of land on Maui growing a diversity of tropical & subtropical fruits, veggies & other useful plants. This project was followed by a one-year stay on a farm in Australia where she was using permaculture principles to grow some commercial crops of organic medicinal Echinacea.

Rabi'a is now using permaculture principles in the Kootenays. She grows many fruits, berries, veggies and a diversity of trees, using mulching & composting methods to restore and reforest a 5 acre piece of land in the Slocan Valley. Rabi'a has also created some beautiful strawbale buildings on her land. She loves to integrate functional art in her small-scale permaculture. Her recent activities include sand sculpture & snow sculpture.

Phil Larstone: Alternative energy. 

& other guests speakers will join us.

For more information please contact:

Kootenay Permaculture Institute
S12, C2
RR#1
Winlaw, British Columbia,
Canada
V0G 2J0
spiralfarm@yahoo.com

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The Fundamentals of Permaculture Design

July 11 - 18, 2004

At the Ecology Retreat Centre
in Orangeville, Ontario

A one-week course that covers the following topics while integrating basic design exercise and hands-on activities:

Permaculture principles & techniques
Pattern understanding
Soil
Water
Microclimate
Organic Gardening
Plants
Forest Garden
Fruit & Nut trees
Animals
Plant Propagation


Agroforestry
Forests
Earthworks
Building Design
Alternative Energy
Waste treatment
Tools
Mapping
Urban Permaculture
Alternative economics
& more.

The participants can later take the Permaculture Design Practicum and obtain a certificate of completion of the Permaculture Design Course.

Instructors:

Gregoire Lamoureux is the director of the Kootenay Permaculture Institute. He is a permaculture designer, consultant and teacher. He has worked with permaculture systems for ten years and taught courses in many parts of the country. He is on the Board of Directors of Seeds of Diversity Canada. He is a founding member of Kootenay Organic Growers Society and was on the Certifying Committee for three years.

Richard Griffith is a founder and president of the Permaculture Community Action Worknet having organized Permaculture courses across Ontario for the last seven years. He has been an avid Community Gardener for many years and is involved in sustainable forest issues. He is building a strawbale house in Grey County, southwest of Collingwood, Ontario.

Anna Gibson is board member and teacher for the Permaculture Community Action Worknet, holds an M.E.S. from York University in community based bioregional mapping. Her company,Growing Places, offers consulting and workshops. Anna brings ritual, magic, dance and a love of the sacred to her teaching. Her experience includes involvement with straw bale, rammed-earth tire and cob construction, making preserves from wildcrafted plants, popular education, consensus based facilitation, zone 3 gardening and a passion for creating a sustainable lifestyle.

& other guests speakers.

For more information please contact:

Kootenay Permaculture Institute
S12, C2
RR#1
Winlaw, British Columbia,
Canada
V0G 2J0
spiralfarm@yahoo.com

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